TV Tennis Electrotennis
|Also known as|
|Manufacturer||Epoch Co., Magnavox|
|Type||Dedicated home video game console|
|Release date||Japan: September 12, 1975|
|Introductory price||19,000 Japanese yen|
|Units sold||Not clear; around 10,000, 20,000 or 3 million|
|Successor||TV Game System 10|
The TV Tennis Electrotennis (Japanese: テレビテニス, Hepburn romanzination: Terebitenisu, meaning Television Tennis, commonly abbreviated as TV Tennis or Electrotennis) is a dedicated first-generation home video game console that was released by Epoch Co. in cooperation with Magnavox on September 12, 1975 for 19,000 Japanese yen only in Japan. It was the first video game console ever released in Japan.
It released several months before the release of Home Pong in North America. One unique feature of the TV Tennis Electrotennis is that the console is connected wirelessly to a TV, functioning through an UHF antenna. Depending on the source, it sold about 10,000, 20,000 or 3 million units in its lifetime, including about 5,000 units in the first year. The successor of the TV Tennis Electrotennis is the TV Game System 10 from 1977.
The wireless broadcast functionality of the TV Tennis Electrotennis got Famicom Designer Masayuki Uemura to consider adding that capability to the Famicom, though he ultimately did not pursue it to keep system costs low.
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